Give Your Web Site a Quick Accessibility Checkup

http://ncam.wgbh.org/invent_build/web_multimedia/tools-guidelines/favelet 

The NCAM Accessibility QA Favelet is an elegant, yet powerful, way to check a website for accessibility (NCAM, 2009). The Favelet works with a variety of browsers; even though it was first created in 2009, I found it worked quite well running on my Windows 10 version of Google Chrome, as long as I took a moment to allow permission to run the Javascript code. The Favelet checks for many common accessibility issues, including Alt tags on images and heading structures. The Favelet also shows you what your website looks like as unformatted text (see screenshots below).

Of course, when it comes to public school web pages, making content accessible to people with disabilities isn’t just a good idea, it’s the law. Section 508 requires public agencies to take steps to ensure that their online content is accessible to everyone (General Services Administration, n.d.). But accessibility should be more than just a compliance issue; educators should always look for opportunities to make their web-based content easy for everyone to understand.

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Screenshot of the NCAM Accessibility QA Favelet’s image information analysis tool. Apparently I have a little work to do, because several images on my blog site don’t have descriptive Alt tags.
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Screenshot of my blog site as rendered by the NCAM Accessibility QA Favelet’s style removal analysis tool. 

References

General Services Administration. (n.d.) GSA government-wide section 508 accessibility program. Retrieved from https://www.section508.gov/

National Center for Accessible Media. (2009). NCAM Accessibility QA Favelet. Retrieved from http://ncam.wgbh.org/invent_build/web_multimedia/tools-guidelines/favelet

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